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    See the pre-Columbian Art at Museo de la Nacion

    by AKtravelers Written Mar 1, 2005

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    Erotic Art in Museo de la Nacion

    Before venturing into the Andes to see Cusco, Mach Picchu and the Sacred Valley, a visit to the Museo de la Nacion will help put everything in context. Before I came to Peru, I was only vaguely aware that the Incas were the LAST of several sophisticated civilizations who were incredibly good artists and engineers. The art they left behind is not just a cultural curiosity, but is truly beautiful in its own right.
    Of course, most people are aware of the erotic art, and the Museo de la Nacion has a few examples of the type. It also has mumified Inca heads and examples of pottery from several civilizations. Unfortunately, it also has several exhibits that are replicas and not original, which is disappointing after visiting such places as the Louvre, Museii Vaticani or Taipei's National Palace Museum.

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    Museo Arqueologico Rafael Larco Herrera

    by grandmaR Updated Feb 14, 2009

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    Although my ticket for this museum tour said that no photography was permitted, it turned out that photos without flash were permitted everywhere in this museum, which contained nicely arranged and well lit pottery from various eras of Peruvian native culture.

    I am not particularly into in pottery, but the guide made it quite interesting and explained it clearly. Bob and I both had quite a few good pictures.

    Founded in 1926, the Larco Museum showcases chronological galleries providing an excellent overview on 3000 years of development of Peruvian pre-Columbian history.

    Photo 2 is a portrait head from about 800 A.D.
    Photo 3 has in the back on the left a 1300 - 1532 A.D. Imperial Epoch
    Double-bodied spout and bridge bottle
    Photo 4 - the black dog on the left is Mochica. 1 - 800 A.D. Apogee Epoch Crested animal

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
    (Daily including holidays)

    - General admission: S/. 30.00
    Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
    Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00

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    The Gold Museum

    by cruisingbug Written Jan 18, 2005

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    Pre-Incan Tumi (knife), Gold Museum, Lima Peru

    Owned by a friend of my husband's stepmother, so we got in for free, with a nice tour by Ivan. Admission is usually quite high - S./30 (about $10) according to our guide book.

    The Gold Museum is a large collection of mostly pre-Inca gold pieces from around Peru. Formerly set up to dazzle (i.e. all the gold together), since the death of its collector (Miguel Mujica Gallo) it is now organized more archeologically, grouped according to civilization. In most instances, gold wasn't valued too highly by these civilizations in the way it was by the Spaniards. Exotic Amazonian feathers were more highly treasured than abundant, utilitarian gold.

    Of course, the main draw now, though, is the gold pieces such as the Tumi in the picture. These were sharp blades used for brain surgery by coastal pre-Incan peoples, often with a decorated handle. Only one window in the whole museum actually contains Inca gold - which was removed by the conquistadors and mostly lost to the world.

    Also on-site is a vast weapons collection (which you must pass through to get to the gold) and a big game trophy head collection.

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    Gold Museum

    by grandmaR Updated Jan 23, 2009

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    No cameras were allowed through the gates of this museum - we had to leave them on the bus. We went through some gates and down a path to an kind of fortress looking place.

    The top of the museum had displays of armor and weapons, which some people thought was the best part, although we didn't linger there. There was a long flight of stairs down into the vault where the gold was. The lady in the scooter had to stay at the top.

    The guide explained that these objects were bought from grave robbers and no proper archeological work was done, nor were they displayed in a manner that would be easy to understand the time progression. She did a good job of overcoming those deficiencies. Of course she couldn't do anything about the fact that much of this section of the museum is displaying fakes.

    When we left there was an area with booths selling souvenirs on each side of the walkway to the museum. I bought a book about gold and some postcards at the booths. The pictures I have of the gold were from the previous museum

    OFFICE HOURS:
    Monday to Friday of 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    MUSEUM HOURS:
    Monday to Sunday of 11:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

    CLOSING DATES:
    1st January, 1st May, 28 th July, 25 th December.

    ENTRANCE PRICE:
    Adults S/. 33.00
    Children under 11 S/. 16.00

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    Multilingual: French / English / German / Spanish

    Contact:
    info@museoroperu.com.pe
    oroperu@museoroperu.com.pe
    Phone: (51)(1)345-1787

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    Museo de Oro del Peru

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The name of Museo de Oro del Peru means the Gold Museum, but it also contains collections of weapons/military items and textiles. The weapon collection is said to be the biggest of its kind in the world, and every inch of this section is covered with items… Here are some fascinating and cool items... The textile collection was closed due to restoration when we visited!

    The gold and silver collection is full of figures, jewellery, masks, wristbands, vases – and also a few mummies and other ancient artefacts. But there were some empty spots in the collection... It is because the museum had to remove many of its items when a big scandal broke out in 2001! A national committee declared that many of the gold and silver items at the Museo de Oro del Peru - perhaps 98% - were fakes! Today, the museum claims that all items on display are real, but there is still a cloud of doubt hanging over the exhibitions...

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    Museo de la Nacion

    by frankcanfly Updated Nov 28, 2005

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    This is the Peruvian National Museum.

    You won't see any contemporary history here, it is too controversial at this time. This is an exposition about prehispanic societies.

    The history begins in the Archaic period and ends with the Inca Empire. There are temporal expositions about paintings, folk art, handcrafts, photography, etc.

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    Museo de la Nacion

    by El_Sueco Written Aug 24, 2004

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    Museo de la Nacion

    This impressing museum is worth a visit. Often there is special exhibitions of great interest. The permanent part of the museum gives a good picture of the history of Peru and the people that live and have been living there.
    The museum is also a common place for music concerts.
    The building served earlier as Ministerio de Pesca (The Fishing ministry). But the declining evaluation of the fishing industry gave this beautiful building another appropriate use.

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    Larco Museum

    by al2401 Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    Museo Arqueol��gico Rafael Larco Herrera
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    Museo Arqueológico Rafael Larco Herrera or the Larco Museum is a privately owned museum, located in the Pueblo Libre District of Lima. The museum is housed in an 18th century vice-royal mansion and is built over a 7th century pre-Columbian pyramid. The exhibits cover 4,000 years of pre-Columbian art.

    As well as the pottery there is a Gold and Silver gallery and a separate and extremely popular display of erotic pottery.

    There is also a restaurant located in the gardens.

    Opening Hours:
    Monday to Sunday: 09:00 - 18:00 hrs.
    (Daily including holidays)


    General admission: S/. 30.00
    Senior citizens S/. 25.00 (65 and older)
    Students and children under 15 years old S/. 15.00

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    Museo Oro del Peru - Weapons Museum

    by al2401 Written Dec 1, 2011

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    Entry hall - Armas del Mundo
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    Armas del Mundo

    Two for the price of one. The entry to the museum complex entitles you to enter the weapons museum or 'Weapons of the World'.

    Since time began men has displayed their wealth through their weapons - jewelled sword hilts and scabbards and pearl handled pistols to name a few. This museum, on the ground floor of the building, has displays of weapons, armour and uniforms from all over the world and since ancient times and is definitely worth a visit.

    Opening Times
    Monday to Sunday - 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    Closed
    1st January, 1st May, 28th July, 25th December.

    Entry
    Adults S/. 33.00
    Children under 11 S/. 16.00

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    Museo de la Nación (National Museum)

    by chancay Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    Costa Verde

    The museum shows the Peruvian history from Nazca to Macchu Picchu, from Moche to Inca. It's very complete and the exhibitions are pretty well organised.
    There´s been also a special exposition about the "Señor de Sipan". Today there´s only a copy of it in the museum because the originals are in a new museum in Cajamarca near to the place where the graves were found.

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    Museo de Oro (Gold museum)

    by chancay Updated Feb 25, 2003

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    street scene in Callao

    It´s worth one´s salt to visit this museum.
    As you maybe know, there´s not too much gold that stayed in southamerica, the most of it has been brought directly to Spain where the reyes of Spain lived more than 200 years only from the gold of southamerica. But there´s still a lot in Peru, you can find it e.g as well in the cathedral of Lima and in that museum you find a lot of beautiful works from the times of the Incas and other older cultures.
    Besides you find a big exposition of weappons and arms, a lot of ceramics, parts of it typical erotic art of the Chimu culture (there is also a special museum of erotic ceramic arts in Lima = Museo Rafael Larco Herrera) and as well typical historical clothes.

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    Museo Rafael Larco Herrera

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 15, 2002

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    Entry to the museum building

    This museum contains 45000 findings of ceramics. They are placed side by side sorted by their type, and the great number of ceramics give an impressing view. It is only time that will limit your possibilities to study the ceramics.
    If you got the time after the Antropological Museum - which also is located in Pueblo Libre - you must sneak in here!
    In the bottom floor there is a famous collecion of erotic ceramics ("Huacos Eróticos")

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    Museo Oro del Peru (The Gold Museum of Peru)

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 15, 2002

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    No photos inside! Leave your camera to the guard.

    If you have seen the Antropological Museum, this is the second in dignity.
    Privat collections of Miguel Mujica Gallo. Numerous objects of gold or gold/copper/silver. Famous collections of pre-spanish findings, mostly from Chimu-Lambayeque and also bought piece by piece from collectors.
    In the same building as the Gold Museum you also will find a famous museum with arms (hand arms) and uniforms.

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    Museo de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 15, 2002

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    If you are short on time visiting Lima, the Museo Nacional de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia is a must!
    In the museum there is a closely description of Peru and its human history.
    Contains unvaluables objects from all the peruvian cultures.
    See also a few pictures in the travellog.

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    Huallamarca

    by El_Sueco Written Sep 15, 2002

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    Female mummie with hair 2 m long.

    Archeological site, also known under the name “Pan de Azúcar” (Bread of sugar). Mummies and other findings are to be seen in the museum at the location. Huallamarca seems to have been abandoned in the sieclo XV or before that.
    There is a small but nice museum at the entrance. In the museum there is a mummie with a hair that is more than 2 m long.
    See also a few pictures from this impressing adobe construction in the travellog.

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